High school sports round-up: NHS girls water polo team wins rematch with defending state chapmion West Albany en route to title

BEAVERTON — For some reason, several of the best girls water polo teams teams in the state found themselves in the same group for pool play Saturday and Sunday at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center.

That didn't seem to bother Newberg, which eked out close wins over Sunset, Barlow and defending 6A state champion West Albany to advance to the title game.

Westview was unable to push the Tigers in the same way the Apollos, Bruins and Bulldogs had, as Newberg rolled to an 11-2 win.

NHS coach Cari Blanchard's team actually fell behind 2-1 in the first half in the opener against Sunset, but shut out the Apollos in the second half to prevail 4-2. MacKenzie Russell scored three goals and goalie Grace Kavanagh made eight saves in the win.

The matchup with Barlow proved to be the most intense contest of the weekend: Newberg fell behind 4-3 after three quarters, but outscored the Bruins 2-1 in the fourth quarter to tie the match at 5-5 and notched the only goal in overtime to post a 6-5 win. Russell had two goals and two steals in the win, with Stella Byles scoring one goal, assisting on two others and grabbing a team-high three steals.

It was a much more defensive affair when the Tigers and West Albany Bulldogs met for the second time this season, as neither team scored in the first half.

Newberg took control with two goals in the third quarter and scored once in the fourth to earn a 3-1 win. Byles, Russell and Jordan Trantham scored one goal apiece for Newberg.

Byles and Russell then closed out the tournament with three goals apiece in the win over Westview, which saw the Tigers jump out to a 6-0 halftime lead.

Newberg added a 15-7 road win over Forest Grove on Monday night to pick up the team's 17th consecutive victory of the young season.

Russell scored six goals in the win, which also saw Hailey Day and Nikki Rubottom score thre goals apiece.

Boys water polo

Newberg 18, Lake Oswego 5 — Dane Findley and Zach Jordan scored six goals apiece for the Tigers.

Coronado tournament — The Tigers opened the tournament in California with convincing wins over Iolani, East Lake and Elsinore, combining to outscore those three teams 31-10. Newberg then fell 8-6 to Oceanview and 18-0 to Carlsbad.

Newberg 12, Forest Grove 3— The Tigers relied mostly on substitutes and junior varsity players Monday night, with Dawson Walls scoring three goals.


St. Paul 3, Western Mennonite 0 — The Buckaroos got 14 kills with no errors from senior outside hitter Logan Robinson in a 25-13, 25-15, 25-16 sweep at home Sept. 19. Karlee Southerland added 10 assists and recorded five aces and no errors on 19 serve attempts to help St. Paul improve to 4-1 in Tri-River Conference play.

St. Paul 3, Monroe  2 — The No. 4 Bucks (7-4) stepped out of league to take on the No. 10 Dragons (10-5) Sept. 21 and had to battle to win a 24-26, 25-12, 16-25, 26-24, 15-12 marathon. Sophomore outside hitter Isabelle Wyss notched a career-high 28 kills in the road win, which also saw Marley Martinez post 24 assists and five blocks. Middle blocker Erin Counts also collected 10 blocks and seven kills.

Livingstone Adventist 3, C.S. Lewis Academy 1 — The Watchmen had one of their strongest passing performances of the season, which set up senior setter Lanaya Lester for a good night distributing the ball, but the Lions prevailed 25-15, 25-13, 21-25, 25-14 in Newberg on Sept. 19.

Falls City 3, C.S. Lewis 0 — Playing on the road Sept. 20, the Watchmen had an off-game in the Mountaineers' low-ceiling gymnasium and fell 25-9, 25-20, 25-7.

Livingstone Adventist 3, C.S. Lewis —  The Watchmen got off to a slow start in the first set and fell 25-11, but picked up their play in the second and third before losing 26-24, 25-17 in the first two home matches Monday.

Willamette Valley Christian 3, C.S. Lewis 0 — C.S. Lewis could not carry over its form against the Warriors (7-10, 4-3 Casco League) in a 25-8, 25-12, 25-11 setback Monday night. The Watchmen (0-10, 0-7) return to action Thursday with a road trip to Jewell.


Girls soccer

Barlow 5, Newberg 0 — These two teams played to a 0-0 draw in Newberg last season, but the Bruins (4-1-1) cruised to victory at home in the rematch Sept. 19.

West Linn 4, Newberg 0 — The Tigers dropped their Three Rivers League opener at home Sept. 21. Newberg (0-6, 0-1) travels to Lake Oswego Thursday.


Boys cross-country

Three Rivers League — Lake Oswego bested Newberg 25-31 and Tigard edged NHS coach Bruce Sinkbeil's team 29-28 at Tigard High School Sept. 20. Tigard picked up the narrow victory when its fourth runner edged Newberg's fifth by just 0.1 seconds. Hunter Whitehead set a new personal record at 17:19 to finish fourth overall for the Tigers (0-4 TRL), with James Busch in sixth at 17:30, Carson Herrick ninth at 17:49 and Hunter Bensman 11th in 18:01. All four of Newberg's remaining runners — Andrew Cartales, Jonathan Rolfe, Chris Aquipel and Nate Blair — also set new PRs.


Girls cross-county

Three Rivers League — Newberg swept the three-way meet, overcoming Lake Oswego 22-29 and host Tigard 17-43 to remain unbeaten in league. Abi Hein was second overall in 20:06 with Savanna Salmons placing third in a new personal-best time of 20:07. Rachel Sherwood was fourth in 21:16, with Elyse Fawver next in seventh (21:34) and Bailey Sherwood rounding out the scoring for the Tigers (4-0) in eighth (21:35).


Boys soccer

Livingstone Adventist 5, C.S. Lewis 2 — Following an own goal by the Lions, Taylor Dovers scored his first goal of the year in the 70th minute to make it 4-2, but Livingstone (4-0, 3-0 3A/2A/1A Special District 6) scored eight minutes later to ice the game Sept. 19.

Southwest Christian 6, C.S. Lewis 2 — The Watchmen (1-4, 0-4) fell behind 3-0 before Sam Toohey struck on back-to-back goals in the 35th and 39th minutes to cut the halftime deficit to one goal. C.S. Lewis held the Wildcats (4-1-1, 3-1) off for the first 25 minutes of the second half, before they scored twice in quick succession. It was the first time this season that the Watchmen had all 13 players on the roster available. 

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